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Walmart survivors describe sheer terror as they fled ‘silent’ gunman who opened fire murdering six

Walmart survivors describe sheer terror as they fled ‘silent’ gunman who opened fire murdering six

Walmart employees who survived a mass shooting by their store manager have recounted in gruesome detail how he quietly wandered into a crowded cafeteria and began firing at will, killing six people before turning the gun on himself.

In highly disturbing accounts of the shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia, late-shift workers recounted how Andre Bing, 31, entered the room — where staff were planning their duties for the night — and “just opened fire.”

Customers on last-minute Thanksgiving shopping trips described how they heard the gunshots — before body after body was carried out of the store.

Bing, a paranoid loner described by colleagues as “annoying,” killed six people with a gun and then shot himself, police said. Several victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The massacre on Tuesday night lasted only four minutes.

Walmart employee Briana Tyler demonstrated the moment Bing raised his gun and began shooting at will in the cafeteria, killing at least six people

Tyler said she narrowly avoided being shot and the gunman’s bullet missed her head by an inch. “He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” Tyler said. “I literally hadn’t even seen him before that point. He just turned the corner and started firing.

Police are at the scene of the shooting Wednesday morning. The FBI has joined the investigation

The gunman opened fire in the cafeteria at the back of the store around 10:12 p.m. The first 911 calls came in at 10:12 p.m., and police arrived at the scene at 10:14 p.m. They entered the store at 10:16 p.m., when the gunman had committed suicide

Walmart employee Briana Tyler recalled the moment Bing walked into the cafeteria and pointed the gun at co-workers — mimicking his gesture while giving a forceful account of the shooting.

“He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything at all,” Tyler said. “I literally hadn’t even seen him before that point. He just turned the corner and started firing.

“The first person who came into his line of sight shot him and before you knew it he started manipulating the whole cafeteria, but he didn’t say a word.”

Tyler said the shooter “looked straight at her” and fired, but “fortunately” missed her head “by a few inches.”

She added: “As soon as my team said, ‘Okay, we’re having a light night tonight,’ I looked up and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire.

“He wasn’t aiming specifically at anyone. He literally just started firing all over the cafeteria and I saw several people just fall to the floor, whether they were ducking for cover or getting hit.”

A makeshift memorial in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter where a mass shooting took place in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, November 23, 2022

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Donya Prioleau, another member of staff who was in the cafeteria, said she saw three friends “killed in front of me.”

In a Facebook post about the massacre, she said Bing started firing “without saying anything” and added, “I just watched three of my colleagues/friends get killed in front of me.”

Donya Prioleau, another member of staff who was in the cafeteria, said she saw three friends “killed in front of me.”

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Prioleau described her team at Walmart as “like a family.”

“Andre killed them in cold blood,” she said. “Thanksgiving is a holiday that we celebrate with friends and family… there are people who can’t. I can’t go unnoticed what happened in that canteen.’

She added: “To answer some quick questions, yes, I was in the cafeteria and yes, I’m fine. Please give me my time and space. I never thought I would have to witness a tragedy first hand. I witnessed a lot of things that I can’t say or fully talk about, but I want to thank you all for checking in.”

Jessie Wilczewski described how she was spared by the cutthroat store manager when he interrupted the rampage to send her home.

Wilczewski, who had worked at the store for only five days, described taking cover under a table as the gunman “laughed” as several of her colleagues were shot.

She said the manager then stopped firing for a moment, turned and pointed the gun at her. He reportedly told her to get out from under the table and said, “Jessie, go home.”

In the moments before the shooting, about 14 employees had gathered in a conference room to learn about their duties for the night, she told WAVY.

Bing came in and, laughing, began “firing shots from left to right.”

“It didn’t even look real until you could feel… like when the gun goes off, the pow, pow, pow, you could feel it, I mean I don’t know why I didn’t hear it at first because it was so loud , but you could feel it,” Wilczewski said.

Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Virginia. A store employee shot and killed six people and committed suicide last night during a pre-Thanksgiving rampage

She said she believes the attack was planned and the victims were targeted. A motive has yet to be confirmed by police.

Another employee, who has not been named, said he narrowly avoided being involved in the shooting because he was a few minutes late for work.

Employee Kevin Harper recorded a Facebook Live video from outside the store after the shooting broke out.

While filming the heavy police presence, a woman appears with Harper saying she was “playing dead” in the cafeteria while Bing shot at her co-workers.

Harper adds, “I’ve just left the cafeteria… he’s starting to lock people in there. He came in there and just started spraying. I’m sorry for the victims.’

Walmart customer Jeromy Basham was picking up last-minute items for a Thanksgiving party when he heard loud bangs.

“I thought someone knocked over a huge plank or something,” Mr. Basham, 47, told the New York Times.

“It was a group of several really, really, loud identical sounds, followed by no sound.”

A moment later someone yelled, “It’s a gun, out.”

Basham fled with several others through an emergency back door. Taking cover behind some containers outside the building, he watched for about an hour as about two or three bodies were carried out of the store.

One body, believed to be Bing, was brought out in a shopping cart.

Andre Bing, 31, is the shooter of yesterday’s Walmart rampage. Police released this photo on Wednesday. They have not confirmed whether he had a criminal record

Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky, right, and Public Information Officer Leo Kosinski, left, speak at a press conference for the Walmart shooting at the Chesapeake Public Safety Operations Center on Wednesday, November 23, 2022


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